Born: 10 August 1556
Died: 26 October 1608
Philipp Nicolai was a German Lutheran pastor, poet, and composer, author of two famous hymns: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern and Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme. These two chorales have inspired many composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach, whose cantatas BWV 1 and BWV 140 are based on the above hymns, respectively. The organ transcription of the latter, as published in the Schübler Chorales, has become world famous. Nicolai is supposed to be the last example of the Meistersinger tradition, in which words and music, text and melody stem from one and the same person.
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- Morning Star (James C. Lowry)
- Wachet auf (Stefano Torchio)
- Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Michael Praetorius)
- Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BuxWV 100 (Dietrich Buxtehude)
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